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  1. R. Kelly Dropped From Ohio Festival After Protests

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT R. Kelly has been dropped from the lineup of an Ohio music festival following complaints about his past as an alleged sexual predator. The musician was slated to perform on the opening day of the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival over Labor D ...

  2. Lady Gaga With Artist Jeff Koons Guest Designs USA Today Logo

    November 10, 2013 10:30 AM EST Lady Gaga is lending some of her artistic eye and star power to USA Today's pages in advance of the singer's new album, "ARTPOP." Lady Gaga Teams With Vevo, Clear Channel For Live-Streamed 'Artpop' Events (Exclusive ...

  3. Guest Post: Pink Floyd Pushes Back on Pandora's Royalty Rate Agenda

    June 25, 2013 6:06 PM EDT The following Op-Ed originally appeared this past Sunday (June 23) on the opinion pages of USA Today. Billboard.biz received permission to repost it here in its entirety, Billboard.biz welcomes comments below. Send all .Biz guest post submissio ...

  4. Billboard Home Front: Shaking Up The Genre Charts

    October 15, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Revamped charts will add streaming and downloads to methodology, breaking out fresh genre lists. Billboard unveils new methodology this issue for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each rec ...

  5. Alex Pham Named Billboard Senior Correspondent

    September 21, 2012 1:32 PM EDT Billboard announced today the appointment of Alex Pham as Senior Correspondent where she will be responsible for covering new platforms and technologies in and around the music space, including startups and investments, Silicon Valley, and top com ...

  6. Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced, Kevin Puts' 'Silent Night: Opera In Two Acts' Wins Music Award

    April 17, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW YORK -- The 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, with comments from judges: ARTS Music: "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts" by Kevin Puts, commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on Nov. 12, 2011, a stirr ...

  7. Cyberlockers Implement Changes After Megaupload Arrests

    January 23, 2012 2:07 PM EST Cyberlockers reacted quickly to Friday's Justice Department action against Megaupload Thursday . While the arrests and shutdown of Megaupload has alarmed some people, major content owners must be warmed by the events' chilling effects. F ...

  8. Google Tackles Online Privacy in Unusual Ad Blitz

    January 17, 2012 8:36 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is focusing on the importance of protecting personal information in an unusual marketing campaign for a company that has been blasted for its own online privacy lapses and practices. The educational ads will start appea ...

  9. Business Matters: Music Streaming Gets An Assist from Live Sports

    January 09, 2012 8:47 PM EST Music Streaming Gets An Assist from Live Sports -- ESPN and Slacker picked a good time to launch live streaming of ESPN audio shows and sporting events on the Slacker platform. The live broadcasts starts on Jan. 9 with the BCS Championship game be ...

  10. Morning Heds: If Adele Was On A Major, The EDM Cruise, Is Spotify's Ek Really That Important?

    January 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Would Adele have been as successful if she was signed to a major label? The Guardian Adele is an exceptional artist, but she has also been nurtured by her indie label, but would a major label have done the same? Del Rey strikes deal with Next Mode ...

  11. Morning Heds: Tom Freston's Billion $ Revenge, HMV Bidders, Western Union Goes Hip-Hop

    January 04, 2012 9:21 AM EST Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom Chief Helps Vice Become the Next MTV Forbes After Sumner Redstone fired Tom Freston from MTV, he helped Vice buy out Viacom's stake for an undisclosed amount and joined Vice as an advisor, one ...

  12. Business Matters: 1.2 Billion Apps Were Downloaded Worldwide in Last Week of 2011

    January 03, 2012 5:41 PM EST .2 Billion Apps Downloaded Worldwide in Last Week of 2011 -- Consumers around the world downloaded a record 1.2 billion apps from Christmas to December 31, according to app analytics company Flurry. U.S. consumers accounted for 509 million of tho ...

  13. Business Matters: Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO

    October 03, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO -- The appointment of Bob Pittman as Clear Channel Outdoor CEO is not only a good move for the company but one that signals a new era in digital music. Clear Channel has long been called a dinosaur and t ...

  14. Business Matters: U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam

    September 14, 2011 5:45 PM EDT U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam -- Support for the PROTECT IP Act is growing. Since being introduced, the bill has attracted 17 co-sponsors including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco R ...

  15. Business Matters: Loudbytes Launched Cloud-based Service, Lines Up Advisory Board

    August 31, 2011 8:51 PM EDT Loudbytes Launched Cloud-based Service, Lines Up Advisory Board -- Loudbytes has unveiled an advisory board with a number of well-known industry professionals, including Jason Flom (president, Lava Records), Scott Pascucci (Moneta 9), Jeff Kempler ...

  16. Business Matters: Could Deal Between ISPs and Entertainment Companies Be a Global Model?

    July 07, 2011 5:56 PM EDT The Adam Smith Approach to Piracy: A Global Model? -- The press releases were flying as trade groups and varied associations quickly came out in favor of the graduated response agreement between U.S. Internet service providers and the music, telev ...

  17. Biopic Report Card: The Status of Films on Tupac, Queen, James Brown, Jeff Buckley and 21 More

    May 31, 2011 2:55 PM EDT Biographical films about music icons often go through lengthy development periods. Changes in directors, writers and stars are common - witness projects involving the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Brian Wilson and the Mamas & ...

  18. Facebook Hired P.R. Firm to Plant Stories Critical of Google's Privacy Practices

    May 13, 2011 7:47 AM EDT NEW YORK - The intense rivalry between Facebook and Google just got juicier. In a twist seemingly out of a Hollywood thriller, Facebook hired a prominent public relations firm to try to plant stories harshly criticizing Google's privacy pract ...

  19. Phoebe Snow, 'Poetry Man' Singer, Dead at 58

    April 26, 2011 11:48 AM EDT P hoebe Snow , a bluesy singer, guitarist and songwriter who had a defining hit of the 1970s with "Poetry Man" but then largely dropped out of the spotlight to care for her disabled daughter, has died. Snow, who was nominated for best ne ...

  20. Business Matters: Shouldn't Usage Drop After LimeWire Goes Down?

    March 23, 2011 9:16 PM EDT Shouldn't Usage Drop After LimeWire Goes Down? -- What does NPD's study on LimeWire usage tell us about file sharing? Not enough, says Eric Garland, CEO of media measurement company BigChampagne. NPD noticed a 24 percentage-point drop in ...

  21. Business Matters: For Sale: Barely Used Social Networking Site

    February 03, 2011 1:00 PM EST For Sale: Barely Used Social Networking Site -- News Corp. is ready to sell struggling social network Myspace, chief operating officer Chase Carey said in Tuesday's earnings call. Less than a month after Myspace laid off 500 staffers, Carey s ...

  22. Poll: Public Supports 'Do Not Track' Measure

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A "Do Not Track" measure, an idea recently floated by the Federal Trade Commission, has broad public support, a USA Today/Gallup poll found. Of those surveyed, 30 percent responded that advertisers should not be allowed to match ads to s ...

  23. Business Matters: EMI, Pricing Strategies, 'Share' and more

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The Future of EMI -- After Terra Firma’s loss to Citigroup in a New York courtroom, the prognosticators started thinking about EMI’s future. Here’s a sample: • “…the court case certainly ...

  24. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Tammy Genovese, Pandora and more

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Much Could Terra Firma Be Awarded In Lawsuit? -- The Wall Street Journal humorously downplays the impact of huge – but reduced – potential damages in Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup. L ...

  25. Business Matters: Court Votes Down 'Three Strikes,' AEG, Metallica and more

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Court Rules 'Three Strikes' Law Not Enforceable -- UPC, the Irish ISP, won a legal victory when an Irish court ruled that laws to identify and punish users suspected of copyright infring ...

  26. Rhapsody Sales Up 10% On Strength Of Mobile App

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some interesting tidbits of information surfaced out of an otherwise ho-hum rehash of mobile music subscription services in USA Today , most notably that Rhapsody is seeing a 10% increase in subscribers as a result of their mobile app. From the ar ...

  27. Apple's Ping: The Review Round-Up

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Sept. 1, Apple unveiled one of the largest overhauls to iTunes since the App Store debuted two years ago. Amid a handful of cosmetic changes and updates to its video services, by far the most significant change was the introduction of Ping, a m ...

  28. Business Matters: Pandora, YouTube, Azoff and more

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Pandora Addresses Privacy Concerns -- Pandora has addressed some privacy concerns. Pandora users can now see their profile and choose to make it either public or private. “We're big ...

  29. Business Matters: Sony, Jonas Bros, 'Idol,' HMV and more

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A LOOK AT SONY'S STRATEGY, REVENUE AND PROFIT -- The 360 deal is on a publicity tour. A week after Fast Company highlighted Warner Music Group ’s adaptation to a changed music industry through multi-rights deals, the New York Times does the s ...

  30. 'Rock Band 3': Keyboard Confirmed

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rumored keyboard controller for "Rock Band 3" is real. USA Today got the scoop , confirming the 25-key instrument will focus on the same five colored keys that correspond with on-screen prompts just like other instruments. Those othe ...

  31. iPad Mania's Winners and Losers

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Even with 1 million or so iPads out there, no print publishers can lay claim to huge numbers of downloads yet. But among the few that are giving out numbers, USA Today seems to be the big winner so far, with 371,213 downloads as of May 16. The pap ...

  32. The First iPad Reviews Are In

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first iPad reviews have hit the Web and the consensus is that it's great. A look at what the tech experts are saying: The NY Times David Pogue spotlights one of the iPad's main strengths: the experience of consuming media. The Apple ...

  33. @SXSW: THE DAILY DIGEST: Location Services Steal SXSW Spotlight

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Location-based social networking services ruled the discussion during the opening weekend of SXSW as they used the chaos of the festival to showcase their capabilities. With so much going on at once, knowing who is where at any given time helps th ...

  34. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  35. Analysis: The Potential In Mini-Albums

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST As Billboard previously reported , Blake Shelton’s new release, "Hillbilly Bone," a six-song mini-album, hits stores today. USA Today is taking note of the uptick in country mini-albums (or EPs, or collections that generally have fewer t ...

  36. Business Matters: Spotify, MOG, Shazam, BTjunkie and More

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said the average Spotify user ha ...

  37. Business Matters: Live Nation/Ticketmaster, Net Neutrality, Garth Brooks

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Major concessions would be needed for the Justice Department to approve a merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation , sources have told the Wall Street Journal. The report offered no details or guesses on which concessions could be made. One possi ...

  38. Business Matters: Anti-Piracy Measures, Blackberry, U2

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a statement following the UK government's consultation period on anti-piracy measures, The UK Music Managers Forum has called for statutory licensing in the event parties cannot agree to voluntary licensing agreements. It carries the fo ...

  39. 'Idol' Finalist Danny Gokey Signs Record Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It took him a bit longer than his fellow contestants, but "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey has landed a record deal. The 29-year-old Wisconsin native -- who finished third on the show behind Kris Allen and Adam Lambert -- has inked ...

  40. Yahoo Set To Unveil New Homepage

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc said it plans to introduce a major overhaul of its Internet home page on Tuesday, as the company strives to make itself more relevant to Web surfers and create new ways to sell advertising. The new homepage blends Yahoo's collection ...

  41. Briefs: Sotomayor, Ticketmaster, Eminem, Zune HD

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- More on the copyright decisions of Judge Sotomayor , President Obama 's choice for the soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Supreme Court. An example: "Congress's provision allowing for a greater award where willful infringements are fo ...

  42. Business Briefs: Nokia, Live Nation, Barry Diller

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Nokia's VP of Music in the UK says the company is "happy" with Comes With Music 's rollout and added the company has learned a lot from the experience (such as the impact an out-of-date handset can have on a service's u ...

  43. Update: Apple, Verizon In iPhone Talks

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple is discussing the possibility of bringing the iPhone to the nation's largest wireless operator, Verizon Wireless, according to USA Today . Negotiations are underway and if fruitful will lead to the device being available to Verizon user ...

  44. Music Supervisors Unlock Super Bowl Ad Strategies

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST When it comes to Super Bowl ads brands and their ad agencies want everything in them to be bigger, brighter and better than their normal ads, especially the music. The music heard in Super Bowl ads, whether its licensed or created, plays an integr ...

  45. Guns N' Roses' Lawyer Blasts Dr Pepper

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Guns N' Roses' and Axl Rose's lawyer has castigated Dr Pepper, accusing the soda maker of failing to deliver on its "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen) free soda promotion, which the band was never involved in. Beverly ...

  46. Borders, Anuna Partner For Exclusive Album Release

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Irish vocal group Anuna and Borders are teaming up once again for an exclusive album, available only at the chain's stores, in a strategy that delivered the group's best-selling U.S. title last time around. Beginning Oct. 21, Anuna' ...

  47. Aftermath Cognac To Debut Soon

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Details of the first alcoholic drinks from the Interscope Geffen A&M Records joint venture with beverage company Drinks Americas have begun to emerge. In the Drinks Americas Q4 earnings, which were released on Monday, the company said it would ...

  48. Dr. Dre: 'Detox' Due In 'November Or December'

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In his first interview in months, Dr. Dre says his years-in-the-works album "Detox" should be out before the end of the year. "I'm just now -- over the last couple of months -- starting to feel that it's going to be right ...

  49. Plugged & Unplugged: MySpace Music, And Who's No. 1?

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED No matter how you spin it, the MySpace Music announcement is a net positive for the music industry. But not for the reasons most may think. Frankly, I don't give a hoot if the new MySpace service unseats iTunes or puts Napster out of ...

  50. A Middle Ground For Performance Royalties?

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A pair of recording artists voiced centrist positions on the issue of proposed performance royalties for terrestrial radio stations March 7 at the Country Radio Seminar. John Rich, of duo Big & Rich, appeared to favor radio paying a sound reco ...

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